Szyja Soffer from Teofipol #ukraine

Marilyn Levinson

In a dictionary of Jewish given names I found the entry Szyja (Yoshu).  This was the first name of Szyja Soffer from Teofipol.  Could anyone please tell me what the first name means?  I am trying to connect this branch of the Soffer family to the branch with names such as Moshe, Berl, Genia Soffer also from Teofipol.  Thank you.
Marilyn Levinson
Spring Lake NC


Szyja (pronounced Shy-a) is a diminutive of Yeshua.